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Based in northern New York, the Mohawk people of Akwesasne have a long and rich history—too long and too rich to be adequately showcased in a small museum located in the library basement, which is where many of the community’s cultural treasures are currently housed. “Very inadequate space for a...
"Access to arts funding should not depend on one's geography or one's proximity to private philanthropy." Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape. Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.” — Mary...
NEA Big Read author Nathaniel Philbrick hated Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick as a teenager because his father, an English professor specializing in maritime literature, talked at length about the book. Once he finally read it in high school, he was hooked by the first sentence, and to this day...
There was not one seismic incident that prompted Carlos Samaniego to resurrect Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles in 2014, an organization he briefly formed in 2000 while attending Cal State LA. Rather, it was the result of years of mockery and harassment he endured as an openly gay musician in the...
“It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book. We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.” — Mary Anne Carter, Acting...
"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." — Nina Simone
What better way to help get your kids excited for a museum visit than through a book? Below are five books that will get children museum-ready, whether it means anticipating a specific museum or object, or simply preparing for the experience itself. A is for Artist: A Getty Museum Alphabet By John...
Artists have high rates of self-employment. The fact is well-established among cultural researchers, if not in public discourse. The National Endowment for the Arts’ most recent report, Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait , ups the percentage. Artists are now 3.6 times as...
Poet Mary Oliver's profound wisdom came from a deep connection with nature, and with her boundless capacity for simply paying attention. The questions she asked were large, yet the answers she suggested were (deceptively) simple. Pay attention, she urged. Wisdom is all around us—if we're willing to...

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